When Ben and I got married, we had a simple, intimate ceremony followed by three months of living states away. During this time we dealt with the most stressful and difficult paperwork process you could ever imagine which ended only a week before we then jet setted to Okinawa to spend the next three years of our lives. Not quite your average wedding and first couple months of marriage, but in the military we kind of do our own thing (aka anything goes if you can find the time).
Unfortunately, due to our extremely tight deadline a honeymoon didn't quite make it into the mix. I absolutely love my small, no frills wedding (they are so so underrated, let me tell you) but I simply could not get over the fact that I would never have a honeymoon. So, with some careful convincing and persuading Ben agreed that we would take a "honey-versary" (Aka honeymoon anniversary-still working on the trademark) Royal Caribbean cruise shortly after or first wedding anniversary. "Why a cruise?" You might wonder. "Aren't they cramped and a breeding ground for norovirus???" While technically true.... Ben and I figured that this was the perfect way to be lazy and knock a few countries off of our Asian bucket list. While we certain did some serious exploring, it turns out that relaxing on this cruise meant eating yourself into a coma and napping throughout the entire day so in retrospect I might've gone with a different route... But other than turning into a rotund sloth, it really was an awesome time. Ben and I are Titanic lovers so being on a giant vessel in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand was thrilling. We loved watching the waves from our balcony crash against the boat and had probably too much fun imagining our escape plans if our ship suddenly started taking on water.... Like I said, Titanic obsessed!
Life on the cruise itself was very enjoyable. Like I mentioned before, Ben and I ate our body weights in food daily and we seriously caught up on our sleep. We also spent a ton of time in the hot tub and at our favorite ship themed drinking establishment appropriately named the "Schooner Bar." For dinner we were seated at the same six person table every night. By the grace of god, our dinner companions ended up being English speaking, younger couples like ourselves and we couldn't have been more grateful for the awesome dinner companions.
The best part about our cruise was that it left us recharged and excited to get back to our little Okinawan home! Not to mention, I'm pretty sure I got Ben to agree to yearly anniversary trips 😉 Until next time!!
P.S. One of our long layovers we stayed overnight in Shanghai. It just so happened to be Chinese New Year and let me tell you, they let off non stop fireworks from 11 pm till way past 8 am. Needless to say, we didn't get much sleep...
Stay tuned for Part 2: Singapore!
We're Kara and Ben, a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together halfway around the world!
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